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Researchers study how privacy preferences, family tensions can deter use of contact tracing apps

France Bélanger and Katherine Allen were engaged in a study on smart home speakers and the privacy and other concerns they sparked when the pandemic emerged. Pondering the dilemma of health officials trying to expand the use of contact tracing apps, the researchers wondered whether such apps also triggered similar privacy tensions in families.

Date: 11/13/2020
Town-Gown conversation to discuss COVID-19 work in community

Date: 11/13/2020
Ron Fricker joins National Academies' Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics

The senior associate dean in the Virginia Tech College of Science and a professor in the Department of Statistics, Fricker focuses his research on the performance of various statistical methods for use in disease surveillance and statistical process control methodologies more generally.

Date: 11/13/2020
Experts: Avoid large gatherings —especially those outside households — during holiday season

“To me, all this says that traditional Thanksgiving celebrations with extended families coming together have the potential to cause substantial harm," says Virginia Tech biostatistician Ron Fricker.

Date: 11/13/2020
Heading home? Try these tips for talking about COVID

In the coming weeks, many Hokies will disperse to celebrate holidays and virtually finish the semester. Some will find company with those maintaining similar precautions related to the global pandemic, while others may find an uncomfortable and concerning level of risk accepted by family and friends.

Date: 11/12/2020

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